Sherri Shepard-Former JW on "The View"

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#1 Nov 23, 2007
I had the TV on and watching "The View"....and one of the hosts, Sherri Shepard, just said she was raised as a JW and how strict their beliefs were.

Another hosts (Joy Behar asked her just what JWs believe---and she answered that they teach that when Jesus comes back to destroy the earth, that ONLY JWs will be allowed to live on the new earth that will be made. All others will die.

She also said how she HATED going out on Saturday mornings to knock on doors, and that it was tough when her father got disassociated (she had to stop and explain what that meant) and that she could no longer talk to him.

A LOT of women (who are at home :o) watch this show.....and I am applauding her saying this so all who are watching this will hear these two points and remeber them the next time JWs call at their houses!

Facts that "ONLY JWs will be saved" when Jesus comes back---and that JWs are told NOT to speak to those who leave or are kicked out of the religion.....two GREAT points to be aired like this on national TV!

A LOT of women see this show every day...and these same women will have a bit more "accurate knowledge" to mention the next time JWs call on them.

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#2 Nov 23, 2007
LOL!

Sorry for the last sentence being somewhat repeated! I was distracted away from the computer as I was typing this and was hurrying to "finish up" and submit it.

Sherri Shepard often mentions being raised as a JW (and leaving it when she got older) but again---I found it interesting that Joy Behar was another that had "no idea what the WTS/JW message WAS", proving that the average person does NOT know what they preach at all, just as we have been saying all along.

Funny how the JWs will state they are "persecuted" for their message---when most people have no clue what their message actually IS.....but that's entirely another topic :o)
Setfree

Spring Hill, TN

#3 Nov 23, 2007
Sunspot wrote:
LOL!
Sorry for the last sentence being somewhat repeated! I was distracted away from the computer as I was typing this and was hurrying to "finish up" and submit it.
Sherri Shepard often mentions being raised as a JW (and leaving it when she got older) but again---I found it interesting that Joy Behar was another that had "no idea what the WTS/JW message WAS", proving that the average person does NOT know what they preach at all, just as we have been saying all along.
Funny how the JWs will state they are "persecuted" for their message---when most people have no clue what their message actually IS.....but that's entirely another topic :o)
Yeah, most people know the JW message as:

We don't violate God's law so we refrain from blood.

Jesus is really an angel.

We got the down low on playing with tigers and snakes and having big baskets of fruits and vegetables.

“Do what thou will...”

Since: Oct 07

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#4 Nov 23, 2007
Setfree wrote:
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Yeah, most people know the JW message as:
We don't violate God's law so we refrain from blood.
Jesus is really an angel.
We got the down low on playing with tigers and snakes and having big baskets of fruits and vegetables.
Fairly sad, isn't it?

The fact is, if most people knew what the JW's REALLY believe before they are deep into it, noone would ever be interested in joining.

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#5 Nov 23, 2007
Setfree wrote:
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Yeah, most people know the JW message as:
We don't violate God's law so we refrain from blood.
Jesus is really an angel.
We got the down low on playing with tigers and snakes and having big baskets of fruits and vegetables.
This was the extent of your faith? No wonder you left.

Since: Oct 07

United States

#6 Nov 23, 2007
Just for the record Sherri Shepard has always talked about growing up a Witness in her interviews, and in her comedy performances.

On another note Michelle Rodriguez was also raised a JW.

Ike Eisenhower was also a JW kid before becoming President.

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#7 Nov 23, 2007
Nevada Rose wrote:
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This was the extent of your faith? No wonder you left.
Most people are NOT JWs, and I don't think she was saying that was her idea of WT teachings. That was actually a pretty good gist of it. Surface stuff. I don't think most non-JWs make even that much of a connection with WT indoctrination.

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#8 Nov 23, 2007
Another thing that Sherri Sheppard said this morning, was when asked why her father was disfellowshipped---she replied that he asked too many questions ABOUT the religion (obviously AFTER he was already baptized).

We all know what kind of trouble a JW can get into by asking the pertinient questions...and now everyone in that viewing audience knows there is a problem with this as well.....that JWs are not "allowed" any divergence of opinion or to "question" why something is done by the WTS.

Funny how this all came out in the way it did :o) ALL these points being exposed on a TV talk segment this way...on such a popular program too!

JWs can't say that she has no idea what she is talking about---seeing as she was raised in this religion---but I am sure we will hear from the JW camp that "everything she said" was wrong/mistaken somehow.

When any nonJW asks a JW if they believe that only JWs will survive the Big A---they will slip and slide around and say that they cannot say and that only God can read hearts---

but we ALL know that the conversation going on between JUST JWs, they do not talk (or believe)this way. Seldom, if ever, do you ever hear about any OTHERS surviving into their "New Order" with the WTS followers.

What Sherri Shepard said was what JWs really believe, although it is not politically correct to admit this out loud in mixed company....another example of Theocratic Warfare...where only saying as much as "others" are permitted to hear on what JWs really think.

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#9 Nov 23, 2007
On an interview with Beliefnet, Sherri Shepard was asked:

How did you become a Jehovahís Witness?

(Reply) My mother. They came to the door one Saturday. My mother opened up the door, and I remember these really nice people came in. They were dressed very nicely and conservatively, and they came in, and they started talking to my mom. We really werenít going to church, and we started going to the Kingdom Hall.

My father started questioning the teachings of the Jehovahís Witnesses, and the elders, which are the heads of the congregation, they came to the house and they tried to talk to him. They finally dis-fellowshipped him, like excommunicated him.

And they came to the house, and they told us that we had to go to his second job and tell him that we couldnít talk to him anymore. When Jehovahís Witnesses get dis-fellowshipped, youíre to cut off all communication with them.

My father was and is a great father. My father always wanted to do stand-up. He wanted to be an actor. But instead he did two jobs. He did customer service at a hospital and he worked as a waiter at night. He pretty much sacrificed everything for his daughters.

Iíve got that in my mind, Iíve got to tell my dad Iím not going to talk to him? Thatís not love. Thatís when I got disillusioned with being a Jehovahís Witness.

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See more of this interview at:

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/193/story_1934...

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#10 Nov 23, 2007
JeanD_NW wrote:
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Most people are NOT JWs, and I don't think she was saying that was her idea of WT teachings. That was actually a pretty good gist of it. Surface stuff. I don't think most non-JWs make even that much of a connection with WT indoctrination.
Let Setfree answer for himself. Do you know his mind also?

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#11 Nov 23, 2007
Nevada Rose wrote:
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Let Setfree answer for himself. Do you know his mind also?
If you actually READ the comment, it won't require any mind reading.

Since: Feb 07

RI

#12 Nov 23, 2007
Setfree wrote:
Yeah, most people know the JW message as:
Nevada Rose wrote:
This was the extent of your faith? No wonder you left.
Now I can see exactly why you were so easily duped by the JW rhetoric. Here Setfree declared quite plainly that the points brought out were what "most people" understand the JW message to be, and then you criticize the faith of Setfree?

Really, NR, you should read the posts you're responding to so that you understand what they are saying.

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#13 Nov 23, 2007
They can't do that! Then they would be responding to what is actually said about the WTS.
Xavier

United States

#14 Nov 23, 2007
I read some of what she said in the interview and something she said made me curious: "... so when I left the Jehovahís Witnesses I really thought I was going to die and that I was going to go to hell."

Does anyone else think this is a little bit misleading, taking into account the differences of belief that JWs and the world have on hell?

For us witnesses, it's a no-brainer: "Of course--where else would you go when you die!?"

For the world reading this interview, it brings up images of being tortured in fire; a place where only the bad people go (as opposed to going to heaven for being good).

Just an observation that made me go, huh...

Xavier
Old Lady

Bakersfield, CA

#15 Nov 23, 2007
Beaten wrote:
Just for the record Sherri Shepard has always talked about growing up a Witness in her interviews, and in her comedy performances.
On another note Michelle Rodriguez was also raised a JW.
Ike Eisenhower was also a JW kid before becoming President.
That's new to me. I know his grandmother was a JW but I never heard he was raised one.

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#16 Nov 23, 2007
Odd that the JWs in their replies---never even touched the idea that JWs feel that only THEY will "make it" into the Paradise Earth....that Shepard left the WTS when she was told by the "brothers" that she was not allowed to speak with her father because he was no longer a JW....and that the "world" the JWs preach to has no clue what the WTS message actually IS.

We find just more nit-picking over inconsequential and frivolous things of no real import....
Setfree

Spring Hill, TN

#17 Nov 24, 2007
Nevada Rose wrote:
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This was the extent of your faith? No wonder you left.
No, that is the extent that most non-JW's know about the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Now, to your question:

No dear, I am totally devoted to Jehovah.

I have never lost my faith in Him, either.

My journey of faith led me to Jesus because I need Him.

You see, Jesus came for sinners.

He ate with them.
He touched them.
He healed them.
He searched for them.
He enjoyed talking with them.
He let them touch Him.

'Clean' people didn't need Jesus then and they don't now.

Because Jehovahís servants follow divine, not human, standards, his organization is theocratic, clean, and wholesome (September 1, 1998 Watchtower magazine page 18 paragraph 17).

Jesus can not to be found in any kingdom hall on this earth because He only goes where the sinners can be found.

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#18 Nov 24, 2007
Old Lady wrote:
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That's new to me. I know his grandmother was a JW but I never heard he was raised one.
My understanding was that his mom was a faithful JW, but I don't know if she was all her life or after he was an adult.
Topsy Cretts

Houston, TX

#19 Nov 24, 2007
Sunspot wrote:
Odd that the JWs in their replies---never even touched the idea that JWs feel that only THEY will "make it" into the Paradise Earth....that Shepard left the WTS when she was told by the "brothers" that she was not allowed to speak with her father because he was no longer a JW....and that the "world" the JWs preach to has no clue what the WTS message actually IS.
We find just more nit-picking over inconsequential and frivolous things of no real import....
All Christians teach they are the only ones to survive. Go read John 3:36 and 1 John 5:11-13 to any Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist and see what they think!

As a Christian you already have a certain amount of dogmaticism anyway. What bothers you Sunspot is that in the JW view of who survives it doesnt include YOU!

To say JW are the only ones to claim they will make it is simply stating what all Christians believe.

Read John 14:6, John 3:36, 1 John 5:11-13.

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#20 Nov 24, 2007
*** What bothers you Sunspot is that in the JW view of who survives it doesnt include YOU***

I am not going to get into a mudslinging match with YOU Topsy.

You have no clue WHAT I believe OR what I place my trust and faith in (or why)since making the choice of walking away from the WTS cult after 30 years.

It is sad that you cannot even discuss a difference of opinion without having to resort to your childish behavior and personal slams. If you wish to start this silly nonsense and wrangling all over again....you are going to have to enjoy doing this all by yourself.

I refuse to be drawn back down to your level in how you think you are "defending" the WTS and it's foolish policies and scriptural blunders. You would be wiser to Stick to ISSUES and NOT the personalities of posters.

I took a needed break from this board for just this reason....that it WAS becoming ONLY "shooting matches", and whoever could be the most insulting and sarcstic---took home the prize. I was not proud of myself that I was finding myself caught up in this.

Congratulations Topsy: YOU have been the first and only one to return to this behavior and jump right back into the mud pit...then waiting for me to follow suit.

I expect to only address this one time---to make it clear---that I do not plan on engaging IN this with you any more. From MY standpoint---I feel it serves no purpose whatsoever and certainly brings no glory or honor to Jesus Christ at all.

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